Travie McCoy has the best of both worlds, it seems. When he’s in a collaborative mood, he gets to work with his best buddies as part of Gym Class Heroes, but when he’s got a creative itch that he has to scratch, he can pivot and go solo, too. The latter strategy worked very well for him when he teamed up with Bruno Mars on “Billionaire” a few years ago, and now he’s partnered with Jason Mraz on a new track called “Rough Water.”
It’s been a hot minute since we were in high school —okay, okay, a hot decade (or two!)— but we can still recall the way our heart raced and palms leaked sweat when we were about to pop the “Will you go to Prom with me?” question. It was difficult enough getting up the nerves to ask the question in the pre-Internet era, so we can’t even imagine the stones it must’ve taken Centennial High (MD) student Bobby Chin to prepare a whole song, set to the tune of Jason Mraz‘s “I’m Yours,” as his proposal to his prospective date, Sofia — not to mention recording it and putting it on YouTube!
We’ve got a special Valentine’s Day surprise to share with you, courtesy of our February You Oughta Know artist Olly Murs. The 28-year-old Brit performed a few songs exclusively for VH1 recently, and on this great cover of Jason Mraz‘s monster smash “I’m Yours,” he adds a bit of a reggae twinge to his pop savvy repertoire.
Men lie. Women lie. Numbers don’t. After taking a deep-dive into this year’s VH1.com streaming data, we’ve come up with a list of the Top 40 Most-Watched Videos of 2012. All you favorites are below, and there are even some underdog surprises that we didn’t expect to rank so favorably. So yeah, consider this an early New Year’s gift, and start re-living all the music video glory that took place in this incredible year of the apocalypse.
40. Gavin DeGraw “Sweeter”
39. The Fray “Heartbeat”
38. Gym Class Heroes “The Fighter featuring Ryan Tedder”
37. Bruno Mars “Grenade”
36. Adam Lambert “Never Close Our Eyes”
35. Daughtry “Crawling Back To You”
34. Tamia “Beautiful Surprise”
33. Adele “Rolling in the Deep”
32. Ellie Goulding “Lights”
31. David Guetta “Titanium (Ft. Sia)”
VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown‘s Jim Shearer will do anything to get the exclusive story. That includes following our You Oughta Know artist, Walk The Moon, into the men’s restroom to talk about pancakes. Luckily, his bravery doesn’t stop there. We have a playlist of Jim asking the good, great and wonky questions to various musical acts. VH1 Storytellers alum Jason Mraz told Jim his choice for two of the greatest hip-hop songs of all time were. Despite the impossible task, Mraz said, “I’m gonna go with ‘Rapper’s Delight’ ’cause I think that inspired a generation.” “And I’m also a fan of, and this is my generation, Young MC, Stone Cold Rhymin’ was the album…and I can’t think of the name of the song.” Guess we’ll never know what that second song was, but Mraz is certain it wasn’t “Bust A Move.” Read more…
Jason Mraz teared up while talking about “I Won’t Give Up” during his VH1 Storytellers taping. The song speaks to the stagnant points in life and love. “I was really bummed out, and I hate sharing that, because I’ve had everything, I’ve had all my dreams come true,” he said. “And yet,” he continued, “One still experiences melancholy.” And so he set — or, he says it “was coming out whether I like it or not” — the feelings to song, and it has since become his mantra.
Though there were no tears last night on Conan, he performed still with all the same emotional charge. His long locks tucked underneath his trademark fedora, he played the Love Is A Four Letter Word single quietly at first, then building drum rolls and conviction to the song’s climax — “I had to learn what I got, and what I’m not and who I am” — before jamming it out until the end. We might make this our mantra, too.
Check out Mraz’s Conan performance above, and hear him talk about the song on VH1 Storytellers below.
Each week here on VH1 Tuner, our VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown host Jim Shearer (@jimshearer on Twitter) will be sharing his Shearer’s Spotlight with us. Be sure to tune into the VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown tomorrow morning when it airs on VH1 at 9 a.m. ET/PT.
As I’m sure you know, summertime is a great occasion for music-filled road trips.
I’ve already gone on a couple, and while enjoying music on CDs (yes, I still represent the format), an overstocked iPod, and FM radio; I observed the following:
(A few weeks ago I was on a 1970s music kick, so the next four observations will reflect that era. Groovy?)
You Oughta Know artist Christina Perri first let us on to this wistful duet last January when, while speaking with our own Jim Shearer, she mentioned that she was rerecording the melancholy lovestrong cut, “Distance,” with an artist that is as many parts Justin Bieber as he is Tony Bennett. Well, that someone turned out to be the ever-likeable Jason Mraz, and their reworking? Even more vulnerable and beautiful than the original. And now she shares with us again, this time the music video for “Distance,” which is ours exclusively to share with you over the next 24-hours.
“Distance” is the story of love kept at bay. “I will make sure to keep my distance, say I love you when you’re not listening,” she sings on the chorus, where she is met by Mraz, vocals in harmony. But then the wrench is thrown and she wonders, “How long can we keep this up?”
In the video, director Elliott Sellers captures this tension by drawing the two apart, hiding Mraz the farthest corner of the beautiful mansion through which Perri wanders. Drawing the sunlight in behind her, she checks room after room. Is he in the library? The garden? At the top of the staircase? Well, you will have to watch to find out.
In this exclusive clip from VH1 Storytellers: Jason Mraz, Mraz performs “Lucky” as a duet. His partner’s strong vocals accompany his soft mellow voice that croons to the sound of the guitar. Not quite the tearjerker as “I Won’t Give Up,” but a stellar performance nonetheless. Mraz sings, “Lucky to be in love with my best friend.” We love sweet love songs that show appreciation for one’s significant other. And when the band plays the instruments without any singing– it’s heavenly! Jason Mraz gets five stars for this live ode to a lover/best friend. Read more…
Tonight is the night, folks, for VH1 Storytellers: Jason Mraz, which airs at 11 p.m. ET/PT. Since Mraz’s Twitter followers had a significant impact in choosing his setlist for Storytellers, it’s them we can thank for the tearjerker performance of “I Won’t Give Up”, which even caused Mraz himself to cry while telling the story of writing such a touching song. We caught up with Mraz to find out what he thinks of the sobbing at his shows. Turns out he doesn’t mind it at all. Read more…